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Mecca, Saudi Arabia. An exterior view of worshippers at the Great Mosque in Mecca. : Stock Photo
The Masjid al Haram is a mosque in Mecca that is considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on Earth and is the focal point for their pilgrimage or hadj. According to Islamic tradition, the mosque was built by Ibrahim with the help of his son Ishmael. They were ordered by Allah to build the mosque and the Kaaba contained therein is supposed to be a model of the house of God in heaven. The Kaaba also contains the Black Stone, which supposedly fell from heaven and turned black due to man's misdeeds.

Mecca, Saudi Arabia. An exterior view of worshippers at the Great Mosque in Mecca.

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The Masjid al Haram is a mosque in Mecca that is considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on Earth and is the focal point for their pilgrimage or hadj. According to Islamic tradition, the mosque was built by Ibrahim with the help of his son Ishmael. They were ordered by Allah to build the mosque and the Kaaba contained therein is supposed to be a model of the house of God in heaven. The Kaaba also contains the Black Stone, which supposedly fell from heaven and turned black due to man's misdeeds.
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